Photographers using the full-frame mirrorless R5 or R6 now have a new lens to choose from and Canon looks to have pulled out all the stops when its latest optic – the RF 14-35mm F4L IS USM, which is the widest RF lens Canon has launched to date.
The new wide-angle lens is part of Canon’s acclaimed L-Series range and sports the red ring around the barrel. With a versatile focal length, the lens is suitable for covering everything from ultra wide landscape views and architecture right through to wider portraits and street photography.
Featuring a 16 elements in 12 groups design that includes three ultra-low dispersion and three glass moulded aspherical lens elements – one of which is both UD and aspherical. The lens also features Canon’s SWC (Sub Wavelength structure Coating) and ASC (Air Sphere Coating) technology that targets flare and ghosting.
As you can see from the lens’ name, it includes the IS initials, meaning the lens features Canon’s Image Stabilisation technology. In fact, the RF 14-35mm F4L IS USM offers photographers 5.5-stop optical image stabilisation or 7-stops when used with a camera with In Body Image Stabilisation (IBIS).
A versatile control ring on the barrel gives users control over Tv/Av/ISO settings to speed up operation and the RF 14-35mm F4L IS USM packs a Nano USM motor for fast, smooth and quiet operation. It’s this impressive motor that will also make the lens an excellent choice for videographers looking for a wide zoom with impressive optical quality.
Despite all these professional-level features, the RF 14-35mm F4L IS USM retains a fairly small footprint and tips the scales at only 540g. Other features of the RF 14-35mm F4L IS USM include a fixed f/4 max aperture, 77mm filter thread and the robust weather-proofing Canon photographers have come to expect from L-series lenses.
What’s more, photographers can capture subjects up close thanks to a minimum focusing distance of just 20cm. Available now, the RF 14-35mm F4L IS USM carries a price-tag of around $1,700/£1,750.